Penguin Bloom (2021)
Critic Consensus: Penguin Bloom's fact-based story could have been adapted with greater nuance, but strong work from Naomi Watts and Andrew Lincoln adds some much-needed heart.
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Critic Reviews for Penguin Bloom
There's a thin line between feel-good entertainment and hokum. While Penguin Bloom never quite slips into the latter, it comes awfully close.
While it's all a bit on the nose, that nose will be running, and hankies coming.
Watts is such a chameleon of an actress, such a pro at slipping into a vast array of roles without drawing attention to the mechanics of her work, that we almost take for granted how damn good she is - and she delivers beautiful and resonant work as Sam.
You can see the strings all being enthusiastically pulled by screenwriters Harry Cripps and Shaun Grant - but the film's emotional manipulations work, even if they're obvious.
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